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Title: From Bogeyman to Bison: A herd-like amnesia of HIV?
Authors: Campbell, A
Keywords: Reza Abdoh
Lachlan Philpott
HIV/AIDS
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
Theatre
Performance
Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Citation: Theatre Research International, 36(3): 196-212, Oct 2011
Abstract: Queer theorists from across a broad range of disciplines argue that we are in a 'normalizing’ or ‘homonormative’ period, in which marginalized subjectivities strive to align themselves with hegemonic norms. In terms of LGBTQ rights and representation, it can be argued that this has resulted in an increased visibility of ‘desirable’ gays (monogamous – ideally civil-partnered, white, financially independent, able-bodied) and the decreased visibility of ‘undesirable’ gays (the sick, the poor, the non-white, the non-gender-conforming). Focusing specifically on the effects of this hierarchy on the contemporary theatrical representation of gay HIV/AIDS subjectivities, this article looks at two performances, Reza Abdoh's Bogeyman (1991) and Lachlan Philpott's Bison (2009–10). The article argues that HIV/AIDS performance is as urgently necessary today as in the early 1990s, and that a queer dramaturgy, unafraid to resist the lure of normativity or the ‘gaystreaming’ of LGBT representation, is a vital intervention strategy in contemporary (LGBT) theatre.
Description: Copyright @ The International Federation for Theatre Research, 2011
URI: http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0307883311000447
http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/6838
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0307883311000447
ISSN: 0307-8833
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